This recipe was passed down from my mother. It was a favorite of my father's as he loved pineapple and carrots. I have tweaked it for my family,and it is still a favorite for the holidays or any time during the year.
Prepare orange jello using 2 cups of boiling water to dissolve, stirring well; add 1 1/4 cups of ice cold water to jello to cool. Add the shredded carrots and drained pineapple; mix well. Place in refrigerator to set.
Mix together whipped cream cheese, pineapple juice, marshmellow cream*, and vanilla; beat well. Mix in nuts. Pour over the congealed jello mixture and store in refrigerator for 3 - 4 hours before serving.
*If you prefer substitute the marshmellow cream with powdered sugar using lesser amount of sugar (2 - 3 tbs. according to your taste).
TIP: Don't throw away the leftover drained pineapple juice! Pour it into a pitcher of sweetened ice tea - delicious!